Take Better Cat Photographs

October 19th, 2005

Donia, a DeviantArt member, wrote pretty useful tips on how to take better photos of your cat.

Canon 300D with Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 @ f/1.8 & 1/60secs

She even wrote some interesting cats’ nature and tempers:

“Not all cats have the same nature, and there’s nothing you can do to change you cat’s temper. So when you are taking photos don’t try to imitate the attitude of another cat, try to study and represent your own cat’s feature and character. Curious Cat…”

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Lens Cleaning Tips

October 19th, 2005

FallisPhoto has quite good tips for any DSLR users on how to clean lenses.

He explained that we must use blower and lens brush first to remove as much grit as possible then we need some commonly used solvents in camera restoration and lens cleaning which are:

1. denatured alcohol, used to remove tar (from cigarettes, or pine pollen) and detriorated light seal material (sometimes found stuck to rear lens elements). Do NOT use rubbing alcohol; it will work, but it is not a benign solvent and it can attack some balsam cements used to glue lens elements together.
2. naphtha (Ronsonol lighter fluid), used to remove grease and oils (naphtha is REALLY good for fingerprints).
3. distilled water, used to remove everything else.
These are all benign and won’t harm your camera if you just keep them out of the electronics.
4. a 50/50 mix of hydrogen peroxide and ammonia, used to remove lens fungus.

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Download Bibble Labs 4.4 Photo Software

October 17th, 2005

Bibble Labs releases version 4.4 Update with support for Canon 5D & 1D Mark II N

Includes new Fill Light control and improved sharper output.

Austin Texas (October 17th, 2005) – Bibble Labs today announced availability of version 4.4 of its popular Raw Workflow software. Now supporting over 60 of the most popular DSLR and prosumer cameras, this update includes support for the new Canon 5D and 1D Mark II N cameras, as well as the Minolta 5D, A200 and Pentax *ist DL. Using Bibble’s integrated Photoshop plug-in, users of older versions of Photoshop including 7.0 and CS can now open raw images from the latest cameras without having to pay for a costly upgrade.

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Photoshop Tutorial: Selective Coloring (Intermediate)

October 15th, 2005

Selective Coloring

This cool tutorial was originally written by Dennis, a DeviantArt member based in Germany. The tutorial will show you how to use an adjustment layer (in this case Solid Color) and the layer mask to color only a portion of a black & white picture.

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Canon EOS-1Ds Mark II firmware

October 12th, 2005

Firmware update for the Canon EOS-1Ds Mark II v1.1.4

What’s new?

1. Fixes the phenomenon of horizontal line noise appearing when P.Fn-21 is set to ON.
Fixes the phenomenon of horizontal line noise appearing occasionally in shots taken with P.Fn-21 set to ON at high ISO setting, depending on the shutter release timing.

2. Fixes the phenomenon of file number errors that occurred when shooting bulb exposures.
Fixes the phenomenon of file numbers not being sequential even if the file number setting is for sequential numbers if a CF card is replaced while the power of the camera is switched on.

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Pentax and Samsung Camera Will Enter DSLR Market

October 12th, 2005

Samsung (CEO Lee Joong-Koo, www.samsungcamera.com) announces an agreement with Pentax to jointly develop Digital-SLR cameras.

The partnership between Samsung and Pentax will be based on sharing their respective competencies to enhance competitiveness in digital cameras.

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Konica Minota Advisory Notice

October 9th, 2005

Thank you for your continuous patronage of Konica Minolta products.

Konica Minolta has recently discovered a problem with some of its digital cameras manufactured between October, 2002 and March, 2004. The following products may be affected:

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Canon 70-300mm f/4.0-5.6 IS USM Sample Photos

October 9th, 2005

Canon 70-300mm F4.0 - F5.6 IS USM

Canon 70-300mm F4.0-5.6 IS USM with Canon EOS 350D by Greg Lavaty – Added 09.10.05

Samples Canon 70-300 IS USM
1/500s f/8.0 at 160.0mm iso100 (100%crop)
Samples Canon 70-300 IS USM
1/500s f/8.0 at 160.0mm iso100 (100%crop)
Samples Canon 70-300 IS USM
1/250s f/6.3 at 115.0mm iso100 (Original – large file)

Canon 70-300mm F4.0 – F5.6 IS USM with Tamron 1.4x MC4 TC

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New Sigma Fisheye Lenses

October 8th, 2005

Sigma 15mm Fisheye Sigma 8mm Fisheye

Sigma just announced its new digitally optimized fisheye lenses. The new Sigma 15mm F2.8 EX DG Diagonal Fisheye Lens and Sigma 8mm F4 EX DG Circular Fisheye Lens are equipped with a new multi layer coating technology that reduce both flare and ghosting.

Sigma 15mm F2.8 EX DG Diagonal Fisheye Lens PRESS RELEASE

Digitally optimized circular fisheye auto-focus lens – Sigma 15mm F2.8 EX DG DIAGONAL FISHEYE

This digitally optimized diagonal fisheye lens is equipped with a new multi-layer coating technology that reduces both flare and ghosting. This also ensures an accurate color balance and high definition results.

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Canon EF 24-105mm F/4L IS USM VS Canon 28-135mm IS USM

October 8th, 2005

Mark D. Segal compared both Canon EOS 24-105mm F/4 L IS USM with Canon EF 28-135mm IS USM and wrote:

“My findings and comparison of key specifications: Insignificant vignetting with either lens; The L lens has generally superior contrast; The L lens displays generally less chromatic aberration, but some exists in the same places where the 28~135 had more; At 105mm it is hard to see much difference in resolution even at 100% magnification; At 28mm and 50mm the differences of sharpness/resolution are obvious even at f8, which should be in the range of the “sweet spot” for both lenses; 24mm really expands the image area considerably compared with 28mm; at the telephoto end 105mm is enough for me, considering that I also have a 70~300mm; Maximum telephoto aperture of f/4 versus f/5.6 (twice the amount of light).”


Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM Reviews, Sample Pictures & Specifications
Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM user reviews at Amazon
Canon 28-135mm IS USM user reviews at Amazon